PETALING JAYA: Former deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching is mulling legal action against an Umno-linked group after being accused of changing the contents of history textbooks in a bid to glorify communists as freedom fighters before independence.
In a Facebook live hosted by Umno Youth yesterday, Gabungan NGO Melayu Secretariat deputy chairman Yazid Othman claimed that Teo had issued an order to change the contents of Form 4 history textbooks.
However, Teo denied the accusation, saying that during her tenure as deputy education minister, she had never been involved in the preparation of drafts and printing of textbooks, let alone giving the order to change the contents of the history textbooks.
“Former education minister Maszlee Malik himself has explained the process of how the textbooks are prepared. It is impossible for me to interfere in such a matter,” she said in a statement today.
Teo said the allegations made by Yazid were baseless, malicious and unreasonable, adding that she would discuss with her lawyers to take legal action to defend her reputation and credibility.
Recently, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had urged the ministry to correct some content in the textbooks that he claimed glorified communists as independence fighters.
He claimed this was intentionally done by the Pakatan Harapan government then to “sow the seeds” of a “Malaysian Malaysia” ideology.
Maszlee yesterday sent a legal letter to Asyraf demanding a public apology and compensation for slander but Asyraf responded by saying he did not mention any name in his statement.
The education ministry has cleared the air about the changes in the content of the history textbooks, saying it was finalised in April 2018, when Barisan Nasional was still in power.
The ministry added that the process of publishing the textbook had undergone a strict quality control process, including content mapping, manuscript writing and approval of sample copy, among others.